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Four-Fold Way: Walking the Paths of the Warrior, Teacher, Healer and Visionary
The Four-Fold Way is one of the most beloved best-selling books on cross-cultural, archetypal and Perennial Wisdom practices of Leadership, Healing, Creativity and Vision and Teaching found around the world. Through extensive research as a cultural anthropologist, Angeles Arrien synthesized and integrated universal practices found cross-culturally in indigenous and wisdom traditions that focus on the development of each archetype as a path to developing character and wisdom. The practices and tools will assist one in "walking a spiritual path with practical feet", through deepening, strengthening, softening and opening new aspects of one's character.
This time-honored book has been used both personally and professionally around the world in many settings as a tool to become more effective in work, relationships, and in one’s own character and spiritual development. Published in 1993 by HarperCollins, it has been translated into eight languages with over 100,000, copies in the US. Translated into: Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Czechoslovakian.
Living in Gratitude: A Journey That Will Change Your Life
Through Living in Gratitude, we are invited to cultivate the power of deep appreciation so that it becomes our foundation for daily living. Integrating the latest findings from social science with stories, prayers, teachings, and practices from cultures and traditions spanning the globe. Angeles explores cultures and traditions worldwide and presents a 12-month plan for mastering the art of giving thanks every day through practices, such as: How to overcome habitual tendencies; Acknowledging the Four Portals to a Grateful Heart--our "blessings, learnings, mercies, and protections".
Sharing some of the latest scientific research, she gives examples of how gratitude boosts the immune system, fosters creativity, mends relationships, and improves financial well-being; and through Journaling exercises, perennial and indigenous wisdoms, and universal practices for every season and situation. Here is an opportunity for each of us to experience the infinite new possibilities that open up through Living in Gratitude. Published by Sounds True, Inc. 2011.
Nine Muses (hardback)
The Nine Muses were daughters of Mnemosyne, the Goddess of Memory, and Zeus, the God of Awakening, and born out of Divine Love. They were beloved by the Greeks and ancient peoples for their humanity, divinity, compassion and inspiration. The Muses have been inspirations to people universally throughout time, manifesting in the forms of: epic poetry and storytelling; history and writing; love and passionate forms of intimacy and love poems; music, joy and happiness; dance, movement, and sports; comedy, play and celebration; sacred hymns, poetry and oration; tragedy and loss that open the doors of the heart into deep love and compassion; and astronomy and science.
We are invited to explore the qualities of each Muse and develop a deeper and authentic connection to the inner Muses that reside within each of us, so we may manifest in our outer daily lives. Published in 2000 by Tarcher, with a forthcoming translation into Korean.
Second Half of Life: Opening the Eight Gates of Wisdom (paperback)
Winner of the 2007 Nautilus Award for best book on Ageing!
When you find the courage to change at midlife, a miracle happens. Your character is opened, deepened, strengthened, softened. You return to your soul's highest values. You are now prepared to create your legacy: an imprint of your dream for our world—a dream that can fully come true in The Second Half of Life. Working with images, poetry, metaphors, and other forms of symbolic language from diverse world cultures, Dr. Arrien introduces us to the Eight Gates of Initiation in this best-selling book.
By mastering their lessons and gifts, you harvest the meaning and purpose of your life, and come into spiritual maturity. By crossing the thresholds of the eight gates of wisdom, you will deepen your most valuable relationships, reclaim untended creative talents, and shift your focus from ambition to meaning to grow into the exceptional elder you've always imagined you would one day become. Published in 2007 by Sounds True, Inc. and translated into: Spanish, German, Korean, Danish, Serbian.
Signs of Life: The Five Universal Shapes and How to Use Them
Winner of the 1993 Benjamin Franklin Award!
This book also contains information on the "Five Shapes Test" also known as the "Preferential Shapes Test" which has been used in businesses, organizations, and groups to facilitate greater understanding, communication and collaboration. Published in 1992 by Tarcher/Putnam. Translated into: Japanese, Greek (video).
Tarot Handbook: Practical Applications of Ancient Visual Symbols
Historically, the I-Ching and Egyptian Book of the Dead were considered wisdom teachings that offered guidelines on how to live one’s life and learn from its daily lessons. For centuries, the Tarot was also considered a book of wisdom, teaching different life lessons and offering guidance for personal growth, until it became associated with fortune-telling and card playing. The Tarot Handbook is based on several decades of research into cross-cultural symbolism, and explores rich imagery based in ancient traditions. It focuses on the archetypal and symbolic meanings of the Tarot as a transformational book of wisdom, and the lessons it can teach us about our own inner symbolic growth and outer actions in the world.
Published by Tarcher/ Putnam in 1997. Translated into: Hebrew, French, German, Russian, Czechoslovakian.
Working Together: Diversity as Opportunity
This edited collection by Angeles Arrien of over a dozen articles, contains a stellar array of contributions from noted leaders, authors and innovators. Working Together includes such well known figures as Mikhail Gorbachev, Riane Eisler, and Norman Lear. This collection shows how individuals, communities, and organizations can recognize the opportunities of diversity as a rich resource, as opposed to an obstacle to growth. Representing a wide range of cultural, national and vocational perspectives, the contributors examine how diversity creates new possibilities for working together, and how diversity can meet the challenges of our times, providing an unparallelled opportunity to bring together a multiplicity of gifts for a common purpose. Published in 2001 by Berrett-Koehler.
Change, Conflict and Resolution: from a Cross-Cultural Perspective (4 CD’s)
This four CD set on change, conflict resolution and communications skills is from a workshop led by Angeles. They include valuable tools, practices that significantly reduce conflict, and ways to improve communication skills, and increase creative problem-solving capabilities. Ultimately our ability to communicate effectively in both professional and personal relationships, increases and deepens intimacy and trust, cultivates courage, honesty and integrity and expands our self-responsibility, generative and creativity in work, family, organizations and communities.
Five Universal Shapes
Based on the Signs of Life book by Angeles Arrien, and the Preferential Shapes Test (set of five symbols cards), this CD leads you through the practice of working with the Five Universal Shapes. It reveals your current strengths, focus, and current source of unlimited creativity. Ideal to use with teams, families, and interest groups that you would like to introduce to the Preferential Shapes Test.
Four-Fold Way: Healer
The Way of the Healer CD explores the archetype of healing, all the forms of love and what has heart and meaning in our lives, through questions, practices, and providing tools for daily use. As we explore the "four-chambered heart" we discover where we are full-hearted, strong-hearted, open-hearted and clear-hearted in our lives and relationships. Through story, cross-cultural tools and invocation, Angeles shares time honored wisdom that supports inner healing and outer actions that are in alignment in all areas of our personal and professional lives, so as to make a positive impact in our families, at work and in our communities. A healing drum journey is included; and this CD is the second part of a four part CD series on The Four-Fold Way and is a companion to The Four-Fold Way book by Angeles Arrien.
Four-Fold Way: Teacher
The Way of the Teacher CD explores the archetype of education, learning and growth, to discover the inner and outer teachers in our lives, how to connect with our ancestors and those wise elders who have gone before us on the path, through questions, practices, and providing tools for daily use. As we explore how to be open to the mystery of life, we let go of our attachments and expectations of outcomes. Through story, cross-cultural tools and invocation, Angeles shares time honored wisdom that supports integration of what we learn so as to deepen our character and make an authentic contribution to our families, communites and work. This CD is the fourth one in a four part CD series on The Four-Fold Way and is a companion to The Four-Fold Way book by Angeles Arrien.
Four-Fold Way: The Paths of the Warrior, Healer, Visionary and Teacher. (4 CD set)The Four-Fold Way includes four CD's on the perennial wisdom practices of the Warrior, Healer, Visionary and Teacher archetypes. Each CD provides a description of the archetype, through allegories, stories, and offers tools and practices to deepen one's experience and embodiment of character development. Each CD contains new material that amplifies Angeles Arrien’s book on the Four-Fold Way. The book, along with these CD’s offer an in-depth immersion into each of the archetypes, and show how the practices can increase personal and professional effectiveness.
Four-Fold Way: Visionary
The Way of the Visionary CD explores the archetype of creativity, manifestation and authenticity, through questions, practices, and providing tools for daily use. As we explore what a visionary is, we envision our own lives and where we are in alignment with our vision, and where we need to look again to see more clearly. Through story, cross-cultural tools and invocation, Angeles shares time honored wisdom practices of prayer, meditation, reflection to develop insight. When we come home to our authentic selves we can manifest what is meaningful in our lives. This CD is the third part of a four part CD series on The Four-Fold Way and is a companion to The Four-Fold Way book by Angeles Arrien.
Four-Fold Way: Warrior
The Way of the Warrior CD explores the archetype of leadership through questions, practices, and providing tools for daily use that will stengthen our sufficiency, deepen our courage and respect for self and others. Through story, cross-cultural tools and invocation, Angeles shares time honored wisdom that will support right use of power in all areas of our personal and professional lives, so as to make a positive impact in our families, at work and in our communities. This is the first part of a four part CD series on The Four-Fold Way and is a companion to The Four-Fold Way book by Angeles Arrien.
Gathering Medicine: Stories, Songs and Methods for Soul Retrieval (3 CD’s)
What lessons can the modern seeker of truth gain from the shaman's way? Join respected anthropologist and folklorist Angeles Arrien as she bridges the past with the present to find powerful methods based on the shamanic tradition for gaining clarity and direction in your life. The shaman's way is to gather medicine by reconnecting with yourself on the deepest internal level. This soul work utilizes imagery, reflective questioning, dream work, and storytelling to help you integrate inner and outer experiences. Thus you travel the fourfold path of the ancients to find your personal truth the way back home. Gathering Medicine contains stories, spiritual teachings, and ideas for using timeless principles in your own modern-day life. Topics include: your body's inner wisdom; the shape-shifter; the four rivers (inspiration, challenge, surprise, and love); three types of vocal energy; Rainbow Hoop and Medicine Wheel meditations; and more.
Gratitude: The Essential Practice fo Happiness and Fulfillment (3 CD’s)In this wonderful CD set on Gratitude, cultural anthropologist and educator Angeles Arrien shows you how to cultivate the power of deep appreciation so that it becomes a way of life—simply and naturally. Integrating the newest social science research with stories, prayers, insights, and practices from cultures and traditions spanning the world, these practices invite you master the art of giving thanks, every day. Gratitude invites you to explore: overcoming habitual tendencies toward envy, comparison, and narcissism; The top 10 practices for remaining grateful; Naikan—the Japanese Buddhist practice of intensely meditating on your interconnections to develop a steady flow of gratitude in relationships; and other cross-cultural and Indigenous teachings about using daydreams and wishes to create a spirit of healing and blessing.
Intermediate Tarot (7 CD’s)
The Intermediate Tarot CD set is recorded from a workshop by Angeles and it provides methods and examples fof different types of “spreads” one can do with the Tarot, as an ancient book of wisdom for self-development and insight. It also explores ethics in using the Tarot, and appropriate use of the archetypal symbols for learning, development and personal growth. A valuable set for anyone who wants to explore meaning, symbols, and archetypal imagery in their lives.
Power and Love In Relationships (2 CD’s)
This is one of Angeles' most beloved and popular cassettes from a course on Power and Love in Relationships. It includes two important stories, one which addresses self-abandonment issues in relationship: Dancing with the Skeleton; and the Gawain Story, which teaches us the four things we need to honor in every relatiionship. It includes tools and practices to improve communication skills, deepen relationships and intimacy to foster understanding and reduce conflict relationships at work, home, community and with ourselves.
Sacred Portals: Dreams, Mediation and Creativity (4 CD’s)These cassettes explore the gift of our internal nature: dreams, images, symbols, and trust of our intuitive instinctual nature.
Second Half of Life: The Blossoming of Your Creative Self (8 CD’s)
A Midlife Curriculum for the Legacy of a Lifetime.
The Second Half of Life: Opening the Eight Gates of Initiation (2 CD’s)
On The Second Half of Life, Angeles Arrien introduces you to The Eight Gates of Initiation. We are all born with a great dream for our lives, a dream which may have been derailed along the way by family and career responsibilities or submerged by our own choices. In the second half of life, after your roots have gone deeply into the world, it is time to resurrect this dream. Through images, poetry, and timeless metaphors from diverse world cultures, you will learn to understand their lessons and gifts, harvest the meaning and purpose of your life, and come into spiritual maturity. Through story telling, you are guided across the threshold of each gate to deepen valuable relationships, reclaim untended creative talents, and shift your focus from ambition to meaning, in order to grow into the magnificent elder you were meant to become. (Note: these 2 CD's are excerpted from the 8 CD set, The Second Half of Life, the Blossoming of Your Creative Self; and are a companion to The Second Half of Life book).
Universal Aspects of Healing
This CD reveals the eight universals that support health and well-being. All cultures agree that by attending to these eight portals of health, we will increase our longevity and maintain our well-being. Use these tools over a year to work diligently with these eight universals of health to support changes you want to make in your life.
Wisdom of Tarot (4 CD’s)Historically, the I-Ching and Egyptian Book of the Dead were considered wisdom teachings that offered guidelines on how to live one’s life and learn from its daily lessons. The Tarot was considered a book of wisdom for centuries until it became associated with fortune-telling and card playing. This four cassette series focuses on the archetypal and symbolic meanings of the Major Arcana of the Tarot, and the lessons they can teach us about our own inner symbolic growth and outer actions in the world.
Maori Drawing Article
The Maori Drawing Article is a practice from the Maori culture that uses eight universal symbols of transformation for insight and self-reflection. By drawing each of these eight symbols within a circle, each person has an opportunity to see which transformative experiences are currently emerging and developing in oneself--mentally, emotionally, intuitively and physically. Traditionally done one time a year, it is used for personal growth.